An overheated tone and characters' questionable tactics in
the struggle against abortion undercut the obviously good intentions behind
this pro-life drama. A Special Forces veteran (Rusty Joiner) who teaches boxing
at an inner-city Philadelphia church's outreach center is dismayed to find an
abortion mill operating across the street. Previously uninvolved in the
political controversy, but with a personal stake in the issue shared by his
wife (Jocelyn Cruz), he works to get his fellow parishioners mobilized to
shutter the place. He's opposed by the pastor (James Russo) but supported by a
neighbor (Susan Moses) whose husband helped found the church but who has ceased
to worship there. Angry confrontations and an armed clash with fatal results
ensue. Viewers committed to the sanctity of innocent human life will sympathize
with the frustration motivating writer-director Pat Necerato's protagonist.
Yet, just as the film centering on him seems unlikely to change the minds of
the misguided, so too his approach to the moral horror of legal killing, while
admirable for its fervor and persistence, lacks reflection and prayerfulness.
Watch out for: A scene of
gun violence with slight gore, mature themes.
Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: